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The best summer songs for a summer playlist

We all have our favourite songs to play for summer. Most summer songs lists are full of songs talking about the season. But for me it’s more about the vibes and memories that my best summer songs bring.

Songs that we spent our teenage summers hanging out to. Those summer songs that just make you smile when you hear them, because they remind you summer is here.

Or chill out tunes to relax to while at the pool. Or maybe playing in the background while you’re at a meal out or eating outside.

Not forgetting the latin vibes to get you dancing. I always think music with latin beats make me think of summer and makes me want to get up and dance.

Here’s some of my best summer song choices split, dividing them up into my summery sections.

the best summer songs

The best summer songs (for me!)

Cheerful summer songs:

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • Have a nice day – Stereophonics
  • In the summertime – Mungo Jerry
  • Island in the Sun – Weezer
  • Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  • Staying out for the summer – Dodgy
  • Steal my sunshine – Marc Constanzo
  • Steal my Sunshine – Len
  • Summer breeze – Isley Brothers
  • Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
  • Walking in the sun – Smashmouth
  • Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – Shakira  
  • Wavin’ Flag – K’NAAN 

Summer party vibes

  • Cheerleader – OMI
  • Club Tropicana – Wham
  • Hot in Here – Nelly
  • Hot hot hot – Arrow
  • Levitating – Dua Lipa
  • Montero (call me by your name) – Lil Nas X
  • Rude – Magic!
  • Soul Limbo – Booker T & The MG’s (reminds me of the cricket!)
  • Summer – Calvin Harris
  • Summertime – Will Smith
young woman listening to a radio in summer sun lying on the ground

Latin summer vibes

  • Cantaloupe Island – Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
  • Cuba – Gibson Brothers
  • Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
  • El Estuche – Aterciopelados  
  • Funky Bahia – Sergio Mendes, Will I Am, Siedah Garrett
  • Good Life (Buena Vida) – Inner City
  • Havana – Camila Cabello
  • I Like it –  Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin. (This samples one of my favourite salsa songs)
  • Ran Kan Kan – Tito Puente
  • Regaetton Lento – Little Mix
  • Senorita – Justin Timberlake
  • Tequila – Jax Jones, Martin Solveig, RAYE, Europa

Summer chill out

  • 5 Years Time – Noah & The Whale
  • By your side – Calvin Harris feat. Tom Grennan
  • Cruel Summer – Taylor Swift
  • Malibu – Miley Cyrus
  • Rock the Boat by Aaliyah
  • Saturday in the Park – Chicago
  • Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas
  • Summer girls – LFO
  • Super duper love- Joss Stone
  • The Look of Love – Sergio Mendes feat. Fergie
  • Toes – Zac Brown Band
  • Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

What music reminds you of summer and gets you enjoying the sunshine?

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  1. There are so many great songs on these lists and I’m definitely a fan of the summer party vibes playlist! I’ll have to add some of these songs to my playlist!

  2. Oh I love these summer playlist ideas. I am always looking to add more to mine! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Yes to all of these!
    I was listening to Magic Radio on Friday and they were playing all of these songs. They put me in such a good mood.
    MmmBop by Hanson and Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre always make me think of summer.

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